At the London Build Expo, which took place 16-17 of November at Olympia London, Backbone Connect announced the EPD certification of the Connected Building solution and showcased its impacts on reducing e-waste and cutting carbon impacts.
David McLeod, Director at Backbone Connect said:
“We have taken every effort to minimise our Connected Building solution’s environmental impact. The core components consume 50% less energy than the previous generation and have a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 45 and 160 years. The implementation of a reusable in-building platform reduces operational energy, total waste, and a building's impact on the environment,"
The EPD’s “cradle to gate” independent Lifecycle Assessment and certification conducted by BRE analyses every element of the system including:
- The breakdown of raw materials associated with the components and their origin.
- The impact of transporting the components from their place of origin.
- The manufacturing and distribution of the components to the place of installation.
- The installation processes and packaging.
- The maintenance and replacement of the components.
- The disposal and the impact of recycling or re-use
John Archer, Solutions Director at Backbone Connect said:
“The Connected Building solution is far kinder to the earth than traditional telecoms practices. With traditional solutions, connectivity infrastructure is often discarded when occupiers move out, and this e-waste ends up in landfills. Then once the new occupier moves in, they install new infrastructure, and the cycle of waste continues,”
The EPD verifies that Backbone Connect’s solution consumes fewer raw materials and produces less e-waste. For landlords and developers, this means that by implementing the Connected Building solution, they lower a building's carbon impact and improve scoring in building assessment schemes such as BREEAM.
Connected Buildings Manager Charlie Booth said:
“We’re acutely aware of the challenges facing asset owners and their aspirations towards a net-zero operation, especially given commercial real estate’s impact on climate change. Using solutions that address these challenges is advantageous and brings value to an asset.”
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